In our visual heritage, the female body has been seen as idealized beauty, symbolic power, commodity and sexual object. Because of its rich and varied history, I have chosen the image of the female body to dissect and/or dismember visually.
The large body images are meant to appear cold and clinical, reminiscent of laboratory specimen, archive or catalogue photos. The pictographs beneath are composed of images that are gathered from other informational sources and are intended to function as texts. Each piece relies on the symbolic juxtaposition of these collaged images for its "reading".
Seen in its entirety, Body/Parts comments on the various roles (parts) that are thrust upon women during their lives. Issues such as identity, commitment, narcissism, intimacy and control are explored or challenged. My hope is that each piece is clear enough in its content to suggest such ideas yet ambiguous enough in its form to allow for multiple layers of interpretations.
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